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Thatched gassho-zukuri (合掌造り) farmhouses of the historic village, Shirakawa-go (白川郷), in the Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Shirakawa gou, Gifu prefecture, Japan A World Heritage site with An old Samurai castle town, with dozens of the old wooden farmhouses built 100-200 years ago.

Shirakawa-go Shirakawa Village, Gifu Pref., Japan. Freezing, but breathtakingly beautiful in winter!

Historic Village of Shirakawa-go 白川郷

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Shirakawa-go is known for its triangle-roof houses, built in a style known as gassho, that resemble hands folded in prayer. The hallmarks of the houses are roofs with 60-degree slopes (to help the snow slide off more easily) and attics used as warm spots for raising silkworms in winter.

Rice Paddy and a Thatched Building. Shirakawa Village, Japan.

Ainokura, is the most remote village in the Gokayama region (Japan). It is also the largest of the villages with nearly 20 gassho-zukuri farmhouses

Winter night in Gokayama, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Toyama Prefecture, Japan (by arcreyes).

Shirakawa Village, Japan: World Heritage Site. >> I've been there and in the Spring they work hard to keep the thatched rooves moist so there's no danger of them catching fire.

World Heritage site, Shirakawa Village, Japan